Conferences and meetings

Technical Advisory Group meeting - 24-25th of October 2016

Location: Washington D.C., U.S.A. 

The discussion will focus on the following topics:

  • The improvement of the EM-DAT database
  • Collaborative data exchange and users feedbacks
  • Mortality and economic losses data reporting
  • Georeferencing disasters
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Workshop on heat and health: Activities in Belgium and the Netherlands - 9th of September 2016 

ENHANCE Workshop

Location: Fondation Universitaire, Brussels, Belgium

The basis for this workshop is CRED’s work on a case study on heat and health within the ENHANCE project - a European initiative to enhance risk management partnerships for catastrophic natural hazards in Europe. The main aim of this workshop is to present results from CRED’s different sub-studies, and bring together relevant stakeholders from Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Framing Community Disaster Resilience: resources, capacities, learning and action - 9th of September 2015 

emBRACE Project Conference 

Location: King’s College, London, U.K

The aim of the emBRACE project conference was to present the combined findings of the emBRACE project to a delegation of engaged stakeholders and policy makers. The focus of the day was on reporting the work undertaken during the project through a range of presentations and interactive learning sessions. An additional perspective was presented by guest speakers whose insights - gained from their own community resilience research - grounded emBRACE into a wider understanding of community resilience and provided opportunities for the development of future collaborations and resilience research agendas.

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Expert Consultation on Sustainable Disaster Databases for South and South-East Asia - 11-13th of December 2012

CRED Meeting with support from the United States Agency for International Development/Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the World Bank.

Location: Hotel Plaza Athénée in Bangkok, Thailand

Participants explored disaster database models that are technically and financially sustainable in countries of South and Southeast Asia. The agenda also included exploratory consultations for the creation of a consortium to sustainably strengthen the availability and technical quality of disaster data.  

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Presentation of 2012 Disaster Data (Asia) - 11th of December 2012

CRED/UN ISDR Press Conference 

Location: Bangkok, Thailand 

An early view of disaster trends in 2012 across Asia - the world’s most disaster-prone region - showed that floods and storms remained the main threats in Asia throughout 2012, as indicated in the Philippines, where Typhoon Bopha resulted in 500 deaths. Floods accounted for 54% of the death toll in Asia, 78% of people affected and 56% of all economic damages in the region. Pakistan suffered large-scale loss of life from floods for the third successive year as 480 people died in floods between August and October. Floods in China (June-July) affected over 17 million people and caused the highest economic losses (US $4.8 billion). 

On a more positive note, the report showed that Asian disaster figures in 2012 were low compared to other years. It also appeared that some high risk countries in the region have made significant progress in controlling disaster impacts, indicating that preparedness and prevention measures can be effective. 

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'Can evidence save lives? Perspectives from humanitarian actors' - 19th of July 2012 

UN ECOSOC Meeting 

Location: United Nations in New York, U.S.A. 

CRED and the European Commission DG ECHO joined the debate on whether or not data and evidence can save lives. The policy debate discussed the following questions:

  • Are  humanitarian  operators  overwhelmed  by  the  demands  to  provide  hard  evidence, and  should it  be  their  role? 
  • Is there case for better exploiting operational data from humanitarian actors?  
  • How can evidence be better linked to decision making?  
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